China denying sick Tibetan political prisoner visit by octogenarian parents

Lobsang Gendun engulfed in flames, Dec. 3, 2012. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Lobsang Gendun engulfed in flames, Dec. 3, 2012. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(, Aug29, 2015) – A Tibetan political prisoner serving a 10-year jail sentence and in poor health is not being allowed to be visited by his octogenarian parents in Pema (Chinese: Banma) County of Golog (Guoluo) Prefecture, Qinghai Province, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Aug 26. Washul Dortruk, age unknown, was given the long prison sentence in Dec 2012 for the petty reason of having prevented Chinese police from taking away the body of a fellow-Tibetan who had carried out a self-immolation protest.

He and other Tibetans had later taken the body of the self-immolator, Lobsang Gendun, 29, to the latter’s Penak Monastery in Pema (Chinese: Banma) County for carrying out the last rites. The monk had set himself ablaze on Dec 3 in protest against Chinese rule and collapsed with folded hand after having walked and shouted slogans over a short distance.

Washul Dortruk was seen by a relative allowed to visit him earlier this year to be looking very weak and to have suffered a serious leg injury during his detention. His parents were allowed one prison visit some years back but are now being denied, in their 80s, the permission to see him.


  1. What a cruel, greedy and inconsiderate world we exist in; when powerful governments(democratic), in place because of a caring and thoughtful electorate, stand by and show no care or thought to the plight of all Tibetans in this dystopia


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